[Menvi-discuss] from violin to clarinet

Jared Rimer - MENVI webmaster menvi-webmaster at menvi.org
Thu Sep 7 21:29:51 EDT 2017

Good evening everyone,

Beth, this is a great response.  The network here can help them if they 
have any specific questions or concerns that you are not able to give 
them.  Good luck with your endeavor, and continue to post your concerns 
and questions.  I'm very happy to hear that you're getting the 
assistance you need.

Jared Rimer
Music Education Network for the Visually Impaired
bridging the gap between the blind and music education

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On 9/5/2017 3:55 PM, Beth Smaligo via Menvi-discuss wrote:
> In emailing a prospective private clarinet teacher, I got an extremely
> positive reply, one I did not expect at all. There ARE sighted
> teachers who are open to blind students. This teacher and I are now
> talking shop and working out lesson logistics. See the excerpt below,
> with the name changed to protect privacy. Do not be dismayed in asking
> around for a sighted teacher; you just never know who you'll find!
> Hi. Great to hear from you! I'd love to take you on as a student.  The
> clarinet is a wonderful instrument and I think you will really enjoy
> it. Its completely common for me to teach students who have just
> received their instrument for the first time and we spend the first
> lesson or so just learning to put it together (I just did that this
> week with a new student!). I think that is so cool that you have been
> encouraged to learn music your whole life. I'd be fascinated to hear
> about how braille music works. I'm sure I will have questions about
> how best to communicate some things to you, but I'm completely willing
> to learn. By the way, I'm not sure if you've heard of him, but there
> is a fabulous jazz clarinetist in Pittsburgh named Lou Schreiber who
> is also blind. Anyway, great to hear from you, let me know your
> thoughts, and we'll talk soon. Sincerely, K
> Elizabeth [Beth] A. Smaligo, B.A., M.A.
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